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Voice of Prophecy
Historic Seventh-day Adventist Radio Broadcast Finds New 'Voice'
SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. Sept. 17, 2008 – Fred Kinsey of Silver Spring, Md., is the new speaker/director of the "Voice of Prophecy," one of the longest-running radio programs delivering hope to a hurting world.
Kinsey succeeds E. Lonnie Melashenko, who spent 17 years in the role. Melashenko currently serves as Vice President of Spiritual Services and Missions for the Kettering Health Network in Ohio.
"I'm glad that Fred Kinsey is able to help give voice to the message of the Voice of Prophecy," said Don C. Schneider, chairman of the VOP Board of Trustees and president of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which sponsors the broadcast. "Fred is a veteran of pastoral ministry as well as communications, and he lives to share God's love with people, which is exactly the aim of every VOP broadcast."
Founded by Pastor H.M.S. Richards, Sr. in 1929, on the cusp of America's Great Depression, the Voice of Prophecy has blanketed North America and inspired similar radio outreaches around the world, in many languages. Entire families, even communities, can trace their involvement with the Christian faith to hearing a VOP broadcast, which often closed with the phrase, "Have faith, dear friend, in God.
Over the years, the "Discover" Bible study guides, provided by VOP to millions of people, have also been used to communicate Christian truth and God's love. Around the world, Bible courses in more than 100 languages and dialects are offered by affiliated schools operating in nearly 140 countries, as well as globally via the Internet at www.hopetalk.org.
"I'm honored to follow the broadcasting pioneers who established and grew the VOP over the years, H.M.S. Richards, Sr. and his son, Harold, as well as Lonnie Melashenko," Kinsey said. "There is a world that needs this message, and I look to God for His help in sharing it."
Kinsey is a longtime Seventh-day Adventist pastor, having earned an undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University in California and a master of divinity degree at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Mich. He and his wife reside in Silver Spring, Md. They have two adult children.
Schneider said Kinsey will continue in his role as assistant to the president for communication in the North American Division. More than one million people are members of the Adventist Church in North America, and they worship in nearly 6,000 congregations in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.
More information on the Voice of Prophecy can be found at www.vop.com. Additional information on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is online at http://www.nad.adventist.org/.
Established by the Seventh-day Adventist church, “Voice of Prophecy” pioneered the use of radio to deliver the message of the gospel 80 years ago and it continues to touch the lives of many around world. The “Voice of Prophecy” radio program, Bible school and evangelistic ministry has its international headquarters at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, California.